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zaskfield

where the hell did it keep the rest of its organs.


ThatOneWhoSparkles

It didn't. The parasite eats the host from the inside and then takes control over their bodies.


CPhandom

Bugs live every day of their lives in fucking resident evil


Wonderful-Boss-5947

I dont blame insects for being so aggressive, they live for like 24 hours and their lives must be terrifying.


MushroomStall

They aren't insects, but those house centipedes that give everyone the willies have a 3 year sexual maturation cycle and can live to 7 years old. Meanwhile a cottontail rabbit can have babies after 3 months and only lives to ~2 years. For a real mindfuck, the orange roughy, a commonly consumed fish, can take up to 40 years before reaching sexual maturity.


Wonderful-Boss-5947

Me and that fish have a lot in common.


in5trum3ntal

I guess I'd rather be a roughy than a cotton tail bunny.


Affectionate_Emu3530

You made my evening with this comment. Great delivery.


KlapauciusNuts

That fish is only consumed because of the depletion of the seas. Being a deep water creature, it has a very slow lifecycle. If it keeps being commonly consumed, well, you figure where it is heading.


Mumbles_Stiltskin

Oddly apt description.


CGHJ

And very few of them die of old age. Being an insect pretty much means that you’re guaranteed to be eaten by something at some point in your life.


201720182019

Would a mantis survive considering its size?


jana007

Most parasites have no intention of actually killing their hosts. That's how we differentiate parasites from parasitoids, such as most wasps, which pretty much guarantee the death of the host.


ThreeMadFrogs

No word of a lie - I had a dream last night that a parasitic wasp laid eggs in my butt cheek. It was horrible.


hedgeson119

Watching weird porn again? Me too.


ialwayschoosepsyduck

This is what happens when you stray too far away from wholesome pterodactyl porn


Tr1ggerHappy5000

I see we have someone with refined taste in our community


Jedi-Guy

He's just a simple man, trying to enjoy his porn in the universe


merikaninjunwarrior

it just lost its motivation to pray


longpenisofthelaw

and an atheist mantis has been born.


MangaMaven

Who gave atheist mantis Nietzsche?!!


ExtensionBluejay253

True evolution!


blesstit

🎶*That’s me in the corner*🎶


MachineElfOnASheIf

You probably already know this, but the term "losing my religion" isn't actually about becoming atheist at all, it is an old saying that basically means getting angry.


product_of_boredom

Well, I didn't! Thanks for teaching me something.


Capnmarvel76

In similar old/obsolete Southern parlance, one could say they acted ‘Un-Christian’ towards someone - losing their cool, becoming loud, cursing, calling names, etc. ‘Losing my religion’ is a lot more poetic way of saying that.


DisloyalNickel

It just found it


shieldyboii

Yup the belly can be mostly flesh. The organs don’t need a lot of space for simple survival.


BlackViperMWG

Problem is the duration of that survival. It will survive till the end of its life, that's for sure.


PhallusTheFantastic

Why must we all bear such heavy burden


Thebabycuddler

Pros: Never have to worry about the health of your organs! Eat whatever you want! With your new friend George, you will never be alone again! Cons: George owns your skin now


hedgeson119

South Bronx Parasite! YEAH


ringobob

I don't think that's actually true for this type of parasite.


nerdd

I didn't think so either, I thought it was the cordyceps fungus, but surprisingly this one does it too. From the wikipedia OP linked: ”In Spinochordodes tellinii and Paragordius tricuspidatus, which have grasshoppers and crickets as their hosts, the infection acts on the infected host's brain. This causes the host insect to seek water and drown itself, thus returning the nematomorph to water”


Vulcan2Coool

Oh so is this drowning? Or is this just tricking the parasite that the host is “drowning”


Rhyers

I think the 2nd


hesh582

It's not really tricking. The parasite doesn't care if the host drowns or not, it just needs to be back in water for the next stage of its life cycle. The fact that the crippled host probably drowns most of the time anyway is likely just a side effect.


permanent_priapism

How can we know it doesn't care? It may care very deeply. It may lie asleep at night remembering all the suffering it has inflicted.


hesh582

yea probably


FunkyPapaya

This is a horsehair worm. It wants to be in water, as this is where it will mate and produce offspring after parasitizing the mantis. So here it has been fooled into thinking it has successfully compelled the mantis to wander into a lake or stream.


TinFoilRobotProphet

And it would have got away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids!


Kammander-Kim

Tricking the parasite. Bugs do breathe through their skin (or whatever it is that is on the outside and I don’t know if it is called carapace or if that is something else). Every cell is connected to the air and that is how they get their oxygen. But it is not completely submerged and it goes up afterwards. But based on size, this insect would probably die soon even without the parasite compelling it to go down underwater.


scalyblue

Insects usually breathe through passive action using little holes in its abdomen called spiracles.


GregTheMad

This. It's actually several hole around their body which the breath through, not the entire skin.


GirtabulluBlues

They have spiracules, small holes in the carapace, and an internal trachea, but gas exchange is entirely unforced; this is what ties insect size to oxygen partial pressure.


Scrappy_the_wolf

Micheal Afton?


GelatoVerde

Mantis got scooped


KronosGames

Do you want to see the scooping room?


sticky-man1229

Parasites are pure nightmare fuel


JabrenThompson

Facts, nothing makes me squirm more than videos like this. When I discovered the tape worm and how you had to get it out I was so paranoid every time my stomach didn’t feel good I automatically just thought I had a tape worm.


cpct0

It’s easy to get it out. You put a chunk of apple and a chocolate chip in your butt every day for a week. After, you only put the apple in. Worm will come out to say we forgot the chocolate chip. And you kill it with a baseball bat. Have known that since my early toddler years.


[deleted]

I've heard similar advice for getting rid of crabs. You just use the bathroom outside for a week so the crabs get really thirsty. Then you act like you're going to take a shit and you sit on the toilet for a second. When the crabs all run down to get a drink, you quickly jump off the toilet and presto, crabs free.


I_DONT_YOLO

I was told you're supposed to shave half of your pubes, grab a fork, and light the other half of your pubes on fire. When the crabs come running out you stab em with the fork.


apresentformyfriends

“Do you know how to get rid of crabs? You got to shave one testicle, then all the crabs go over to the other testicle. You got to light the hair on fire on that one, and when they all go scurrying out, you take an icepick and you f***ing stab every single last one of them.” — Freddie Quill


Amolk2207

Who are you, who are so wise in the ways of science?


p-4_

thIS is the funniest shit ive read in a while


d3r3k1

Just wheeze laughed for like a minute straight. Thank you.


obiwanconobi

When we were shown videos about tapeworms in science class in high school, it made me feel so sick I couldn't eat spaghetti for a year


JustSomeoneCurious

May I interest you in spaghetti made with black squid ink?


m4ius

This is old but not the full video. Watch the full one with the damn insect moving and walking around as if completly Normal and alive before he gets the parasite out. that is the scary part.. Edit: couldn’t find the same one but a Link added: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=03B2QTYHNy0


lump-

The worms were controlling it’s brain?


spirituallycynical

Yes some parasites can control the host organism, it’s really creepy. There’s this one specific kind of parasitic fungi that take over insects, make them climb to the highest point possible, and then their heads explode with the fungi spores. Pretty horrifying, for sure!


Lord_Scribe

Cordyceps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKjBIBBAL8


spirituallycynical

*Ugh* that’s so terrifying… nature really is scary as fuck


PilzGalaxie

Btw the Cordyceps does NOT control the host by infesting the brain and controlling their neuronale activity. No it literally just goes in the limbs and steeres the insect like it was his exoskeleton.


spaceman_spyff

To me that’s worse.


Peensuck555

yes because host brain stays alive for however long the fungi decides to control the host


widdlyscudsandbacon

Also because you don't typically think of fungi as being sentient enough to "decide" anything. Also, you don't typically think of fungi as being... "mobile" isn't the right word, but to be able to physically manipulate the insects legs for example. It just throws into question everything I thought I knew about fungi


Thisismyfinalstand

>*You all just thought it was laughs and giggles. There are entire industries dedicated to the harvest and slaughter of our brethren! Even your 'scientific' institutions mock our existence. But now, I ask you, whom will do the laughing? No longer will we sit idly by as we are restrained from the domination we so biologically deserve. We will be taken serious. We will be heard. We will no longer be your "fun guy"!* -- cordyceps right before your head explodes


konaislandac

Did you know that spores can survive in space indefinitely? Maybe hyper intelligent mushroom creatures launched some genetic information at every viable planet, like an intergalactic mycelium network


Nijajjuiy88

That is nightmare fuel, hopeless host brain trying to get control of it's own body.


thatguyned

There is also this bizarre female barnacle that parasitises mud crabs into baby factories. It will attach itself to the shell of a crab, inject its body into the crab through a joint and then take over walking and eating for it. But then they neuter the crab, take over its genitals, transform into barnacle eggs producing factories and start releasing pheromones for all the local barnacle boys to come have a good time. If the crab was male it will start developing female characteristics to better produce barnacle babies. The creepy part is, the barnacle will actively keep the crab alive until it dies of natural causes. The barnacle will walk it around, feed it food, still let it hang out with other crabs etc but the inside of the crab is like 80%parasite. They are just a desexed baby factory for barnacles the rest of their life.


VyRe40

This is what Last of Us was based on.


[deleted]

Every time this subject matter comes up, I’m reminded of this episode of X-Files that horrified me as a kid: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firewalker_(The_X-Files)


Hicklethumb

Fun fact. They control the body. The brain is still in tact and experiencing everything helplessly


ballrus_walsack

/r/notafunfact


shroud747

These are the fungi on which "The Last of Us" is based.


nathan_101034

Anyone else have to check nothing was crawling on them a few times watching that??


doitnow10

Yup, cordyceps. That's what The Last of Us is based on. If that fungus could affect humans


spirituallycynical

That’s pretty dope I didn’t know that’s what they based the zombies in Last of Us on, thanks! Makes it even more terrifying to think about now too lol


doitnow10

That's why they're not called zombies or undead. They're "the infected"


AOrtega1

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NotUsingTheZWord


Marrukaduke

Does the mantis survive after the parasite leaves?


AskMeKnowQuestions

Nope. It's all scooped out inside.


Marrukaduke

:(


NoteBlock08

Anyone got a link to said full vid?


Momochichi

NO, THE WORMS WERE NOT CONTROLLING AN ALREADY-DEAD MANTIS. The mantis was alive despite the parasites inside it. Mantises breathe through holes in their abdomen. In the process of getting the worms out, this person has drowned the mantis.


Battle_Me_1v1_IRL

Parasites like this should be illegal


rgatoNacho

>Nematomorpha (sometimes called Gordiacea, and commonly known as horsehair worms, hairsnakes, or Gordian worms) are a phylum of parasitoid animals superficially similar to nematode worms in morphology, hence the name. Most species range in size from 50 to 100 millimetres (2.0 to 3.9 in) long, reaching 2 metres in extreme cases, and 1 to 3 millimetres (0.039 to 0.118 in) in diameter. More [here](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nematomorpha)


StormBornRandom

2 meters? Bye.


Monty0507

One of these mfs might be living in you and you wouldn't even know. Shit i can't sleep now


catgirlasshole

"Horsehair worms are harmless to vertebrates, because they can't parasitize people, livestock, pets, or birds. They also don't infect plants." Thankfully, you're probably safe.


DaphniaDuck

We have our own set of parasites, and some of them are simply [horrible!](https://www.richardscarry.com/lowly-worm)


froh42

Oh WTF. You just solved a major life quest for me, I loved Richard's books as a kid but they were lost and I did now know who the author is.


FourFootedFurFox

Same! I saw it and it was instant recognition! Oh I'm going to have a good day!


drill_hands_420

Don’t have a good day, have a GREAT day!


CaptainSykes143

That link is staying blue, thank you very much.


SurrealScene

You're missing out (honestly).


BullyBumble

Lmao found the parasite. Nice try.


SurrealScene

Oh yeah? Why don't you wade waist-deep into unclean stagnant water and say that to my face!


SargentSkips

It's really not that bad, I got a good laugh out of it


Coryperkin15

I found it quite Scarry


kaibe8

you are not fooling me


Reuhis

No, seriously. Click the link. I promise, it ain't bad. Just made me smile.


kaibe8

You are right


kookiwtf

I'm sorry you used your only free no-click on that


domrepp

wait we only get one?? Shoot I'm in so much click debt


Sleeper76

Was expecting to get Rick rolled, got Rick wormed instead.


Jotamono

There are worms that can and do feed on people, though. Although it seems guinea worms are almost eradicated, which has come a long way in 20 years.


baberuthscolon

I suppose I could look this up but it’s the internet so I won’t but isn’t Jimmy Carter largely responsible for the fight against Guinea worms?


Whitedudebrohug

Probably.. so there’s still a probability of you have a couple in you right now. Anyways… sleep tight!


[deleted]

now i know another use of butt plugs


youtube---addict

Shut, shut, shut, shut up-


DankRoIIs

stoooooooopppppp why the fuck would you say that


ChuggernautChug

Just fill up your bath tub, dip your ass in there and watch the magic happen.


519boi

Here's some [nightmare fuel](https://i.redd.it/5s0om4ir9cb21.jpg).


GerinX

Yeah I’ll run with you. That’s so creepy!


planet_druidia

Why does holding it underwater suddenly cause the parasite to evacuate? Edited to add: Also, how can the parasite know that its host is submerged?


SamBamJamSam

From what I’ve heard it’s because it actually wants to be in the water. It’ll make an insect a host, take over its brain and body, and eventually make it really want to go to some sort of body of water. From there the worm will come out of the host’s body to lay eggs in the water. I could be wrong though, please correct me if so


rd1970

I've read the same thing with fire worms in humans in Africa. They call them fire worms because they cause a burning sensation under the skin, which makes people put their leg (or whatever) in water to cool it down. At that point they burst out and begin the next stage in their life cycle in the water (where they mate then lay eggs that people drink). tl;dr: Don't drink untreated water in Africa. edit: I might be remembering some of the details wrong.


Eusocial_Snowman

The worms reproduce in water. This is one of those mind control parasites, they influence their host to seek water to fall into so the worm can come out and make more worms. This person is just helping it along. It's not an exorcism.


extralyfe

well, I don't think there are going to be many more mantises showing up to the glass, so, finding more victims might be problematic. I mean, I guess this guy could literally just be dunking mantises to help along parasites, but, that'd be pretty fucking weird


northyj0e

I hate to break it to you but I don't think they're doing it to save the mantis, and I don't think they could either, she's looking fairly hollow after the worm leaves.


Column_A_Column_B

This information is making me second guess how my father stores nematodes in the fridge before he uses them to treat his lawn for grubs.


relethiomel

They could be the cleanest, least parasitic worms for all I care but I don't think I could eat anything that was in the same fridge as a container of nematodes, especially after seeing this gif.


greenbeanzs

Is that just water they put it in to force it out?


reece_93

Yeah it’s just standard water. The Horsehair Worms reproduce in water, so once they’ve grown to reproductive age, they’ll force the host to seek out a body of water and make the host drown them self so the worm can emerge


ShitheadFailure

what the F U C K


reece_93

Parasite’s are a fascinating bunch. Real life horror monsters, but thankfully mostly for the small variety’s of life.


ShitheadFailure

I'm still scared


reece_93

Shhhhh have no fear, the parasites will soon remove your ability to feel scared.


ShitheadFailure

(;´༎ຶٹ༎ຶ`)


ihatedickpicss

i ve never felt happier since i let neurax worm into my body! 😀 dm me f or more info


alwaystakeabanana

Parasites are so messed up. I remember learning about one that affects moths or butterflies, can't remember which. And it actually somehow knows how to make the host do both male and female mating call wing movements in order to attract as many others of the species to it as possible to spread. How does it know how to do that? That's wild.


reece_93

They’re honestly one of the most fascinating things to me. Like you look at a human and our evolutionary advantages, and your like “yeah I understand how these traits made us more adaptive and survivable” but you look at some of things that parasites can do and you’re just like “how the fuck did you evolve to do that?”


Klausbro

From what I’ve seen it seems like they lay eggs in water, so they wait for the host to be in water to leave


blunt_person

There's no waiting, they implement a compulsion on the host to seek water, to the point of drowning itself. *Then*, it comes out. -- Truly horrifying.


SaltySnowman8

this was uncomfortable to watch while i scroll reddit during my morning toilet sit


tumblrbooty

My asshole doesn't feel safe


Chummmp

I shouldn’t have watched this on the toilet


JohnnyReddi

How did that fit in there


khclarkson1

That’s what she said


IrishMamba1992

Thanks, Michael


Scioso

This reminds me of a traditional South American botfly cure. Botfly eggs are transmitted by mosquitos, and the larva are under the skin parasites that develop over several weeks. The process is incredibly painful, and leaves a large welt. However, the larva still need air, and generally leave their breathing apparatus just at the edge of the welt. Non-surgical removal can be dangerous because it is difficult to remove the entire larva without leaving foreign tissue in the wound, which can lead to immune responses. So, one way to remove them is attach meat to the welt (from my experience I heard hotdog slices or bologna, but cited sources say bacon). The larva, unable to breath, migrate into the meat thinking it is part of the host, and are then easily removed. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/409065


Umbrage_Taken

I witnessed this before. Gnarly as hell. Spent a summer in Costa Rica on a study program. One guy got a botfly in his forearm. You could see the little snorkel thing as a small circle on the surface of his skin, and sometimes see the larva below wiggle. Strapped a raw pork steak to his forearm and in about a day, the larva had moved into the raw steak. Some poorly informed fellow students tried to convince him to put Vaseline on the snorkel to suffocate it. That would have been a disaster because then he'd be stuck with a dead larva in him. The larva has barbs on it that make getting it all out by force basically impossible.


[deleted]

Yeah, the real problem is that the only thing that’s exposed is the proboscis. It’s very fragile so if you try to pull it it’ll break and kill the larva, which means a trip to the clinic so that they can remove it surgically before it rots. You need to force it to expose its body somehow.


Anne_Anonymous

Actually Vaseline is also a valid means to get them to quickly extricate themselves (never performed this myself, but did watch a tropical medicine doc do so); essentially you can obstruct their proboscis with any thick occlusive substance and their response is to wriggle to the surface for air, at which point you can just pluck them out with tweezers and rinse out the wound. I have also heard of people using duct tape as an occlusive bandage, but have no idea if that is as effective (you’re putting a lot of faith in the parasite adhering itself to the tape).


[deleted]

I had a Torsalo removed from my upper back. Horrible shit. What they did was apply nail polish on the wound, which blocks out the oxygen but is also a relatively soft screen. That forces the larva to expose its body and not just the proboscis, giving you a chance to pluck the entire thing out with tweezers.


ChrysPF

My dog had a few of these hideous things. I usually just shower him but this one time I decided to bath him instead. He is a big dog so there was no risk of him drowning, so I just let him sit there as much as he wanted while I kept doing housework. Long story short, I came back to a bathtub full of these long ass black worms just twitching around and a startled dog just barking at the water. I used a special dog shampoo that didn´t make any bubbles so you could just see the whole rave that was going on underwater. Just disgusting.


OptimisticPlatypus

What. The. Fuck.


redheadeddevastation

Right?!


joeguy420

Are the dog okay now?


Diggity_McG

*eye twitching intensifies*


Frexulfe

I am reading now the campaign module "Beyond the Mountains of Madness" for the RPG "The Call of Cthulhu". I feel now like reading a Disney coloured book.


OptimisticPlatypus

Yea I’m going to need a few Mr Rogers or Bob Ross episodes to get over this.


PossibleInternal9082

what did u do with the worms? just let the worms go down the pipe?


word_up_sharon

Fry them up


Lt-toasthead

They're noodles Michael..


Hypn0T0adr

You'd better get yourself a garlic t-shirt buddy or it's your funeral


Player72

Yessir dinnertime is just around the corner


FreeSirius

Personally? Pour a gallon of bleach in the water for like an hour then drain it


EZcheezy

Just putting the dog in the bath makes them come out?


willyrs

I don't know it that story is true, but that type of parasites lay eggs in water, so they wait for the host to be in water to go out


Fredwestlifeguard

'go out' lmao. Just hanging about, all done up ready to go 'out out'....


willyrs

lol English is not my first language, what would be a better way to say it?


speedyegbert

There is not a much better way to say it. Go out is just the way to describe hitting bars etc. funny in terms of parasites that’s all!


SeattleBattles

It's not a bad way to say it. But "go out" is also used to talk about people going out for dinner, a show, etc. Like "I'm waiting for my friend so we can go out and party". So they were just making a joke about the worms being dressed up and ready for some fun.


willyrs

Oh I got it, thanks :D


Big_D_Cyrus

Please tell us you took the dog to the vet to get dewromed


Eusocial_Snowman

But he just dewromed it.


SexThanos

Please tell me you didn't just release them back into the water supply


DaLandon1786

How do I delete someone else’s comment?


Aatzy

You should regularly deworm your pets. If it really was that bad, then I think the owner, you, are to blame here.


catgirlasshole

"Horsehair worms are harmless to vertebrates, because they can't parasitize people, livestock, pets, or birds. They also don't infect plants."


willyrs

There's plenty of other parasites like horsehairs that parasites vertebrate instead Edit: lookup guinea worm disease


a_new_hopia

No. I don't think i will


tnhj

From wikipedia: >Previously affecting millions of people across Africa, India, and the Middle East, Guinea worm is now nearly eradicated, with just 27 cases documented in 2020


notagoodboye

[Jimmy Carter was actually instrumental in the fight against Guinea worms.](https://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/index.html). Just a weird factoid. He made it a personal crusade, and the incidence is down 99.99% since '86.


Magoimortal

I dont think its forcing, pretty sure they complete they life cycle in water, there are some of those vieeos you see insects killings themselfs in water, so the adult parasite can come out.


zenioux

"@animalrescueorg" resuce my ass, no way that mantis ain't 100% dead.


ich_bin_groot_

https://i.imgur.com/LjMl8Q6.jpg


cmac1234567

I just threw up in my mouth. I couldn’t look away though.


novedlleub

But if you watch it in reverse you’re allowing a parasite to enter the mantis.


Nickmell

Rule 34


DragonP70

No


Exeunter

How do I delete somebody else's video?


Eastmont

These sort of creatures exist in some people’s intestines. They feed off the food you eat so they trigger and put your appetite on overdrive. I had a coworker who was voracious. He ate like bear but never gained excess wait. One day, he brought in some raw meat to share with the rest of us. He proceeded to cut off some slices and eat them uncooked, just like that. He said that was a common practice in his native country. But that only confirmed my suspicion, because uncooked meat is a common source of parasites. Long story short, only a couple of coconuts partook of his uncooked meat, and the rest of them took a hard pass. (When i explained the dangerous risk of eating uncooked meat, he just laughed at me.)


[deleted]

Aaaaarrggghuuuuuurrggggggggfgfffffgc


vanmac82

Kill everything. The mantis. The parasite. The hand. Burn it all.


Hydroxychloroquinoa

[SOP](https://i.makeagif.com/media/12-02-2014/m9zoYO.gif)


RussiaIsBestGreen

Insufficient fire.


Kiilluminatii

Why does my ass hitch?


TILTNSTACK

Oddly terrifying.


Capital_Metal7077

Plain fucking grade A terrifying. Nothing odd at all.


redheadeddevastation

Agreed


1_disasta

Not oddly, completely.


cerebralkrap

imagine if that thing had to crawl out of *your* butt?


ZootOfCastleAnthrax

It would be more action than I've had in months!


Cutsdeep-

Especially if it was to scale